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Title IX Information

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities in federally funded schools at all levels. If any part of a school district or college receives any federal funds for any purpose, all of the operations of the district or college are covered by Title IX.

Title IX protects students, employees, applicants for admission and employment, and other persons from all forms of sex discrimination, including discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity. All students (as well as other persons) at recipient institutions are protected by Title IX—regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, part- or full-time status, disability, race, or national origin—in all aspects of a recipient’s educational programs and activities.

As part of their obligations under Title IX, all recipients of Federal financial assistance must designate at least one employee to coordinate their efforts to comply with and carry out their responsibilities under Title IX and must notify all students and employees of that employee’s contact information. This employee is generally referred to as the Title IX coordinator.

The essence of Title IX is that an institution may not exclude, separate, deny benefits to, or otherwise treat differently any person on the basis of sex unless expressly authorized to do so under Title IX or the Department’s implementing regulations.

Application of Title IX to Various Issues include:

  • Recruitment, Admission, and Counseling
  • Financial Assistance
  • Athletics
  • Sex-Based Harassment
  • Pregnant and Parenting Students
  • Discipline
  • Single-Sex Education
  • Employment
  • Retaliation

You will find more information regarding each of the various issues and how Title IX is applied to them in the resource guide published by the U.S. Department of Education. This guide will also include information about the Title IX Coordinator, Title IX Administrative Requirements, and Information Collection and Reporting.

Throughout the history of Title IX the U.S. Department of Education published several Dear Colleague Letters that have provided more clarity on the scope of the law and how Title IX is used to protect individuals. You can find these letters below to better understand how BGSU, by law, is meant to protect its students, staff, and faculty members.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Title IX Resource Guide (Apr. 2015)

Seek Medical Attention

If you have experienced sexual misconduct (including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking), we encourage you to seek immediate medical attention, even if you are not sure you have any physical injuries. The staff at Health Services (for students), or off­ campus at Reid Health, can provide care for any physical injuries you may have sustained and can also test for sexually transmitted infections and/or pregnancy. If you have any questions about Reid Health or other off-campus resources, you can also consult with Health Services located on the first floor of Earlham Hall. Contact information is included on page 3.

Receive SANE Evaluation

A SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) is a nurse who is specially trained to collect forensic evidence while providing compassionate, comprehensive care. Reid Health employs SANE nurses and will provide this exam if alerted that you have been assaulted. This evidence may be helpful to you now or in the future if you choose to file a complaint, and should be obtained as soon as possible after an assault. Try to preserve any evidence before your exam by not washing or changing clothes, brushing teeth or hair, eating, or other actions that might disturb evidence. Please place evidence (clothing, sheets, or used prophylactics) in a secure bag if one is available, instead of plastic. A SANE exam is recommended no later than 72 hours after an assault. Even if more than 72 hours have passed, it may still be possible to collect evidence, and it is certainly possible to receive medical care and testing. Collecting evidence in no way obligates you to file a complaint with Earlham or make a report to the police that will lead to criminal prosecution, but preserves this information in the event that you decide to do either of those things, or seek a protection order, at a later date.

Talk with a Counselor

Consider talking with a counselor, psychologist, or other mental health professional on or off­ campus. You may not feel ready to talk about what happened, but counselors can provide a confidential and safe space to explore any feelings or challenges that has arisen for you after your experience. See below for information about the Counseling Services Office (for students) or the Employee Assistance Program (for Earlham employees), along with other services available on campus and in the community.

A Resource Guide for Considering Your Options

Earlham College has several policies which support cases of Title IX, Harassment and Misconduct.  These include policies which apply to students, faculty and to staff.

Below are the links at the Earlham public website to the policies of relevance:

We are deeply concerned when behavior that may constitute sexual misconduct comes to our attention. We strongly encourage you to file a report directly with the Title IX Coordinator, Stephanie Bishop. Other reporting options include the Office of Student Life or the Department of Public Safety.

Earlham utilizes trained, experienced investigators to conduct investigations into complaints of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, and/or stalking, and utilizes a trained panel on student conduct or trained members of the college’s Ombuds Council to make the official determination as to whether the policies under investigation were violated. All processes involve one-on-one pre-hearing meetings with investigators or administrators to which each party can bring a support person of their choice.

When a report of misconduct covered by the Sexual Misconduct Policy is made to the process generally proceeds as follows:

  • the assigned investigator interviews the parties and witnesses, and collects evidence;
  • both parties are invited to review and comment upon the evidence;
  • the investigator submits the report and the evidentiary materials to the Title IX Coordinator;
  • both parties may meet with the Title IX Coordinator, Associate Vice President of Student Life, and/or relevant administrator(s) before the final determination is made as to whether or not to proceed with the conduct process;
  • If the case proceeds to the conduct process, both parties are provided with equitable appeal rights, as applicable, to the extent appeal rights are provided. The governing, detailed procedures are outlined further in the Student Code of Conduct and/or Policy on Sex/Gender Harassment, Discrimination & Misconduct;
  • The College uses the preponderance of the evidence standard (that is, "more likely than not") to determine when the College policies under investigation have been violated.  If a violation is found, the sanctions are determined by a designed Earlham administrator or the Student Code of Conduct or Policy on Sex/Gender Harassment, Discrimination & Misconduct;
  • Sanctions for students found to have violated the Sexual Misconduct Policy include disciplinary warnings, probationary status, official College discipline, or suspension or expulsion from any or all Earlham College program(s) in which the responding party is enrolled or participating. It may also include other actions as deemed appropriate under the circumstances (such as remedies applied to the responding party to address the needs of the reporting party - including but not limited to housing changes, class changes, building restrictions, modification of No Contact Orders to favor the reporting party, and other actions to preserve the rights of the reporting party in a safe environment). Although sanctions for violation(s) of this policy can include any form of discipline stated in this section, a student found to have committed sexual assault involving penetration will ordinarily receive a sanction of suspension or expulsion;
  • Sanctions for employees found to have violated the Sexual Misconduct Policy may include written reprimands, or suspension or termination of employment. Other measures (No Contact Orders or reassignments of duties or work areas) may be taken when appropriate.

If you have a concern about any form of sexual misconduct, a report can be formally submitted to one of the following trained administrative faculty members:

  • Stephanie Bishop, Director of Human Resources & Title IX Coordinator, West Basement of Carpenter Hall, 765-983-1628
  • Marcus McNeal, Assistant Director of Residence Life, 1st floor of Earlham Hall, 765-983-1836
  • Angie Hobkirk, Assistant Director of Residence Life, 1st floor of Earlham Hall, 765-983-1594
  • Chris Little, Director of Public Safety, Bolling House, 765-983-1400
  • Shane Peters, Associate Vice President of Student Life, 1st floor of Earlham Hall, 765-983-1317

If you are considering filing a complaint, but want to learn more about the College's process beforehand, you may request an information meeting with any of the above personnel. They can provide you with information about the College's response to sexual misconduct and discuss the range of options that campus community members have at their disposal.

Reporting to any of the following sources will be completely confidential. Personal information will not be shared by any of the following resources. Contacting one or more of these confidential resources in no way precludes you from choosing to make a report later.

  • Counseling Services - 1st floor of Earlham Hall – 765-983-1432
  • Health Services – 1st floor of Earlham Hall – 765-983-1328
  • Office of Religious Life – Virginia Cottage – 765-983-1605
  • 24-Hour Counseling Hotline – 765-983-1221
  • Employee Assistance Program – 800-511-3920

Information to come.

Below are the members of the Title IX Team.  Each member is trained to address questions about processes, receive reports of violations and provide important support resources.

Stephanie A. Bishop

Director of Human Resources & Title IX Coordinator
Carpenter Hall, West Basement, Suite 005
bishost@earlham.edu
765-983-1628

Shane Peters

Associate Vice President of Student Life & Director of Residence Life
Earlham Hall, First Floor
petersh@earlham.edu
765-983-1317

Marcus McNeal

Assistant Director of Residence Life
Earlham Hall, First Floor
mcneama@earlham.edu
765-983-1836

Angie Hobkirk

Assistant Director of Residence Life
Earlham Hall, First Floor
hobkian@earlham.edu
765-983-1594

Christopher Little

Director of Public Safety
Bolling House
littlch@earlham.edu
765-983-1400

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